The walk back to full enjoyment of the Second Amendment is a long one, taken one step at a time. This bill, if passed, would lower hurdles to buying a suppressor and be one of those steps.
With less than a week left of Obama’s presidency, a coalition of organizations has collected more than a million signatures on a petition urging Obama to issue a full pardon to Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the size and scope of the surveillance conducted by the NSA and other federal agencies. Snowden fled the country and has lived in exile in Russia since May of 2013. If pardoned, he could return to American soil a hero to many.
In the wake of being called out by President-elect Trump as a "fake news" organization, CNN is still up to its old tricks. In a report following Trump's press conference, the liberal mainstream network went to great lengths to take Trump's words about Russian hacking out of context.
Media organizations having spent weeks attempting to validate the outrageous claims in the leaked "dossier" on Trump. Yet time and again, point by point, the “dossier” has been shown to have glaring falsehoods.
Donald Trump once enjoyed a fairly friendly relationship with the mainstream media. Then he ran for president. As a Republican. On an “America First” platform. The relationship soured quickly. As bad as Candidate Trump’s relationship with media was, President-elect Trump’s relationship with media is worse. It appears that some media organizations are willing to risk everything in an effort to bring him down.
"It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued," Trump tweeted Friday. "Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans — FAKE NEWS!"
Is the intelligence community responsible for leaking the spurious “dossier” about Trump? To shed light on this question, Trump said he had a “meeting with intelligence” that he told no one about — “and immediately the word got out that I had a meeting.”
Do the U.S. intelligence community's actions rise to the level of “something that Nazi Germany would have done,” as Trump charges? And do those actions include not only fake intel against Trump but also giving him “fake briefings"?
In a statement posted on the White House website on January 12, President Obama announced the ending of the “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which allowed Cuban refugees who set foot on U.S. soil to be granted asylum and legal residency.
The tactic continues to work, moving once-local police departments under the de facto control of the federal government.
That President-elect Donald Trump is hated and feared by the power base of both political parties and the current leadership of the intelligence community is no surprise to anyone who has been following the news over the past few months. Recent events related to the spurious “dossier” appended to the intelligence community’s report of alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections show just how deep that hatred and fear run.